"The mass antibiotic dispensing standards were developed in collaboration with federal, state, and local agencies. The Rand Corporation, under contract to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), was directed to develop Point of Dispensing (POD) infrastructure standards in collaboration with HHS/Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (HHS/ASPR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Strategic National Stockpile (CDC/DSNS), and state and local agencies that are current Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) awardees. As such, CDC/DSNS collaborated closely in formulation and execution of the project, and HHS/ASPR was consulted on a regular basis. Federal, state, and local health officials were represented on an expert panel that was convened to provide guidance on the standards development process, and CRI sites were provided with an opportunity to comment on the draft standards. Detailed information on the development of the standards will be published in a public forum within the next six months. CRI is organized around the planning scenario of an outdoor aerosolized anthrax attack. Anthrax is a particularly challenging scenario because, to be effective, prophylaxis must occur prior to the onset of symptoms."
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